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Winner of the 2018 GIB Supreme Award, Jason Carnie (2nd from right), with the 12 Madden Street team, who won the Hays Construction Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award

NZIOB announces 2018 New Zealand Building Industry Awards

The winners of the 2018 New Zealand Building Industry Awards have been announced by the New Zealand Institute of Building (NZIOB) at a gala evening at the Cordis Hotel, Auckland, on 24 August.


The awards, which are in their 25th year, celebrate and recognise the professional excellence of individuals and teams in the building and construction process, rather than the project or completed structure.

NZIOB chief executive Malcolm Fleming says: “The NZIOB congratulates all this year’s winners and finalists. These awards contribute to the NZIOB’s goal of improving the standing of the building profession by showcasing the commitment of those working in the sector to excellence.

(L–R): NZIOB national president Graeme Birkhead, Minister of Building and Construction Jenny Salesa, and NZIOB chief executive Malcolm Fleming

“To mark the 25th anniversary of the awards programme, the NZIOB introduced two new categories – the consultants award and an interdisciplinary collaboration award – and renamed the event the ‘New Zealand Building Industry Awards’. The new name and categories clearly identify that these awards are open to all the occupations involved in the New Zealand building industry, and broaden them beyond primarily recognising project managers running commercial construction projects. What hasn’t changed is the awards focus on acknowledging and celebrating building industry practitioners behind New Zealand’s most successful building projects.”

Supreme Award

The winner of the 2018 GIB Supreme Award was Jason Carnie, a project manager for Hawkins Construction, for his role in leading the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct project in Auckland.

Jason Carnie, winner of the 2018 GIB Supreme Award

This project had a tight 20-month timeline and multiple challenges. The ground was contaminated with heavy metals, petrochemicals and asbestos while the high-tide mark sat 1.5 m below ground. This required innovative solutions, including the first New Zealand use of Coreflex60, a state-of-the-art vapour and waterproof system; high-level adoption of building information modelling (BIM); and the development of a new health & safety (H&S) monitoring system that logged H&S issues via smartphones and tablets. Several of the innovations created are now being adopted by Hawkins or Precinct Properties across their respective future projects. The project was delivered on time and within budget.

Young Achiever

This year the judges awarded the BCITO Young Achievers Award to Geoff Nash, regional manager, Auckland, with Brosnan Construction.

Geoff, who has wanted to be a builder since primary school, began his career as a joinery apprentice at Total Timba after leaving school. While undertaking his apprenticeship, he completed a National Diploma in Construction Management at Unitec. In 2009 and 2010, Geoff won back-to-back Master Joiners Apprentice Awards, while completing his diploma. He has since completed a National Diploma in Quantity Surveying and armed with his trade qualification and two diplomas, Geoff decided to seek employment with a main contractor, and to enrol in Unitec’s Bachelor of Construction Economics.

Now 29, Geoff has completed his degree and has just passed the five-year milestone with Brosnan Construction. He currently leads a team of 30 people that is charged with securing and delivering $40 million of commercial construction projects in the Auckland region annually, and recently led the Auckland team on the successful open-book negotiation for the Spencer on Byron Hotel remediation project.


The James Hardie Innovation Award, recognising innovation in the industry demonstrated within a project or through an innovative new product or procedure, was won by Dr Mikael Boulic. Mikael is a senior lecturer at Massey University’s School of Engineering and Advanced Technology, Auckland.

The judges found Mikael to be incredibly passionate about his classroom environment monitoring innovation called SKOMOBO, an instrumentation system that monitors CO2, relative humidity, air temperatures, and air particles inside New Zealand classrooms. The collection of such data provides a better understanding of what is happening inside teaching spaces, which will ultimately lead to solutions being implemented and developed that will provide healthier, warmer and drier learning environments.


The Site Safe Safety Award was won by the Safety Wingman Team. The Wingman Safety campaign had been established by Wellington International Airport for earlier construction projects on their site. The current Rydges Hotel project at the airport represented version 3 of the programme, which was developed with main contractor, Arrow.

Wingman 3.0 is about everything that happens onsite whilst promoting a positive worker engagement through all levels of site activities. The simple premise that a ‘safe site is a productive site’ has translated to quality and productivity gains, and a higher level of commitment and attitude exhibited by the site team.


The new Hays Construction Interdisciplinary Collaboration Award, recognising exceptional examples of collaborative partnerships between consultants and contractor, was won by 12 Madden Street. 12 Madden is Auckland’s first purpose-built co-working space. It is a six-storey building comprising 9183 sq m of general office floor area and 3424 sq m of underground car parking spread over two basement levels.

The client, Precinct Properties, was very much an active project team member, driving the culture and challenging all project participants to think outside the box and provide innovative ideas across all project phases.

Beca, Holmes Consulting, Warren and Mahoney, and RLB were engaged as the design team, with the Hawkins engagement based on a two-stage tender (design bid and build) model, prior to the design completion. The judges said this project exhibited a multi-level degree of interdisciplinary collaboration that was led jointly by the client, design consultants and contractor.


Raji Rai, a senior project manager at the Building Intelligence Group, won the Metro Performance Glass Consultants Award. New for 2018, this award recognises high performance of design consultants (architects, engineers, quantity surveyors or project managers) who have contributed to the design, documentation and delivery stages of a successful project.

Telecommunications company Spark had undertaken an asbestos identification and management survey across its property portfolio. An outcome was that Spark’s AT Building in the Auckland CBD was identified as having asbestos contamination that needed removal. The Building Intelligence Group was engaged as project manager, with Raji Rai representing the group.

The judges were impressed by Raji’s total commitment to attaining a result on what was a complex project, both technically and logistically. As the client said, “The scale and risk of the asbestos remediation works within a working voice and data exchange was off the scale.”

For a full list of winners and citations, visit nzbuildingindustryawards.org.nz

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